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Black Swan Review

Black Swan Poster“Black Swan” is a movie I almost didn’t want to write a review for. I wasn’t really sure how to go about it. It’s not the sort of movie that you can really say you enjoyed. It’s something you have to say you experienced. It’s about how it made you feel. The feeling I experienced? Panic.

“Black Swan” is an anxiety roller coaster. There are some drops, some lifts and even a couple of loops. Now, let’s also say that you’re also riding that roller coaster in the dark and can’t see the track in front of you. It is intense. You’re never quite sure of what’s going on, and you’re not even positive that you want to know.

Natalie Portman turned in an amazing performance, as did the rest of the cast. I think that’s part of what made the whole thing so frightening. As fantastic as it got at points, it was still so believable. It’s not often that I am so unsettled by a movie.

What few effects are in the movie were seamlessly done. There was nothing to distract from the believability of what I was seeing. In some places, it was like having a nightmare while I was awake.

Since I work closely with the film industry, I generally try not to do a lot of research about films prior to seeing them. There are so many movies I’ve been familiar with since the script stage because of my job, so it’s nice to be surprised now and again. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into, and apparently, neither did the other audience members. The discomfort in the theatre was nearly palpable, and at the end of the film I even heard someone apologizing for bringing their friend to see it.

“Black Swan” isn’t the kind of movie you can readily recommend. I’d be worried about the repercussions if I did. There’s really no way to give a fair warning to someone about what they’re about to see. I can see why this made the Oscar list, but I don’t know that I’d be able to sit through it again.

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